Supermicro Asks Suppliers Not to Provide Chinese-Made Motherboards

By Frank Fang, Epoch Times

May 1, 2019 Updated: May 1, 2019

Supermicro, one of the world’s largest makers of computer servers, has asked its suppliers to shift production out of China.

Security concerns surrounding the California-based tech company’s servers were sparked by an October 2018 Bloomberg report that claimed the Chinese military developed “spy chips” and had secretly planted them into motherboards manufactured in China and supplied to Supermicro.

Motherboards are the backbone of every computer and server, on which chips of different functions are mounted, such as memory, communications, and processing.

While Supermicro—and its customers Amazon and Apple—have since denied the Bloomberg allegations, the report has highlighted the vulnerabilities of relying on a Chinese tech supply chain.… READ MORE...

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Beijing Plans New Ways to Boost Economy: Move Youth to Countryside, Ease Hukou Restrictions

BY NICOLE HAO

April 14, 2019 Updated: April 14, 2019

The Chinese regime recently rolled out two new plans that look contradictory on the surface but actually serve similar purposes.

Beijing has operated a strict household registration system, known as “hukou” in Chinese, since 1949, that has restricted citizens’ movements based on where they are born. There are two primary groups: urban residents with a non-agricultural hukou and rural residents with an agricultural hukou. Each person can only have one hukou. The former usually entitles a citizen to access to better healthcare and education opportunities.

With this system, urban residents cannot work on a farm, while a rural one cannot work in the city.… READ MORE...

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Top US General to Meet With Google on China Security Worries

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019

WASHINGTON—The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the United States.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on March 20 that efforts like Google’s artificial intelligence venture in China allow the Chinese military to access and take advantage of U.S.-developed technology.

“This is not about me and Google,” Dunford told an audience at the Atlantic Council. “This is about us looking at the second and third order of effects of our business ventures in China, Chinese form of government, and the impact it’s going to have on the United States’ ability to maintain a competitive military advantage.”

Google says its AI activities in China are focused on “education, research on natural language understanding and market algorithms, and development of globally available tools.”

In a statement last week, Google said it is not working with the Chinese military.… READ MORE...

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An Unprecedented Crime: State-Directed Mass Killing of Prisoners of Conscience in China for Their Organs

BY OMID GHOREISHI, EPOCH TIMES

March 1, 2019 Updated: March 1, 2019

Editor’s note: The Epoch Times is publishing a number of articles on torture and abuse meted out against innocent prisoners of conscience in China.

A bill to curb international organ trafficking has received unanimous support from a parliamentary committee in Canada.

Parliamentarians on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development passed bill S-240 with amendments on Feb. 27. It will now go before MPs for final reading in the House of Commons.

It was 13 years ago, in 2006, that The Epoch Times first broke the news of systematic organ harvesting by Chinese authorities from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.… READ MORE...

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Severe Air Pollution Spreads Across China During Lunar New Year Holiday

Air pollution made travel difficult in China during the Chinese new year of 2019. This photo was taken in Beijing on March 17, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

BY NICOLE HAO

February 7, 2019 Updated: February 7, 2019

Amid the Lunar New Year holidays, severe air pollution in great swathes of China has caused major highways and roads to be closed due to poor visibility.

During the week-long national holiday, most factories, mines, and companies in China are closed. There are also fewer cars on the road as families spend time at home to celebrate.

But the air quality recently became worse.

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment released data on Feb.… READ MORE...

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